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Bev Doolittle - Where Silence Speaks: The Art of Bev Doolittle Livre De Lux -  Published by the Greenwich Workshop

          Where Silence Speaks: The Art of Bev Doolittle Livre De Lux
by Bev Doolittle


Limited Edition of: 3500
Image Size: 17"w x 13"h.
Published: January 1986

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Europeans, especially the French, developed the concept of the book as a work of art unto itself. Over a period of several centuries, there evolved an alliance of artist, publisher, author, designer and printer that controlled all the critical elements — from paper and type to art and binding — that transformed a book into a true objet d'art.

The Greenwich Workshop has brought this concept to life again by publishing the collected works of Bev Doolittle in an exciting and dynamic book entitled Where Silence Speaks.

The essence of the book is the 16 works of art by Bev Doolittle. Titles such as "Pintos," "The Good Omen," "Eagle's Flight" and "The Forest Has Eyes" are lavishly reproduced in unbound (in the European tradition) folios. Each is accompanied by text written by author-poet Elise Maclay.

But there is much more to Where Silence Speaks — and it invites deep involvement. The book is accompanied by a signed and numbered Bev Doolittle print called "Missed!" In a separate folio within the book, Bev Doolittle fully explains and illustrates how she developed the concept of this work. Sketches — finished and rough, notes and comments, and vellum overlays all detail the creative process used by this unique artist.

Author Maclay also contributes a sensitive biography of the artist.

Designer Peter Landa has placed all the contents into a "chemise." The "chemise" is ribbon-tied and adorned with a gold-tone Bev Doolittle art medallion. The entire contents are housed within a hand bound hardcover portfolio that is velour lined.

Finally, all the contents are placed into a solander box. This, too, is in the European tradition. It was the practice to keep small collections and valued objects in a "cabinet" or "solander box" that would protect its contents from light and other harsh elements. Where Silence Speaks is the first book devoted to the art of Bev Doolittle. Innovative in concept, luxurious in creation, it is a book like no other for an artist like no other. Where Silence Speaks. 3500 signed and numbered. $650. Box measures 17"w x 13"h x 3"d.

Bev Doolittle
Bev Doolittle’s phenomenal success has been a by-product of her desire to work hard at what she loves to do most – create art with meaning. “My love for nature, as well as man’s relationship with it, is the driving force behind all of my artwork. Painting is a growth process. By giving each of my pursuits my best effort, and by learning from my mistakes, doors have opened for me that I could not have anticipated.” For Bev, one of those doors was with The Greenwich Workshop, who produced her first limited edition print, Pintos, in 1979. It sold out at the publisher within weeks. “I am not a prolific painter,” Bev explains. “My art style prevents that. Reproducing my painting in print was the perfect answer. I was able to concentrate on my most important ideas while still having my work represented in galleries around North America as well as abroad. My relationship with The Workshop and its extended family of artists, galleries and their customers has been a joy for me for more than twenty-five years.” Nearly all of Bev’s prints have been sell-outs and five books of her art have been released. Her first, The Art of Bev Doolittle, is truly a phenomenon, having sold over half-million copies of its hardback edition. Her second book, New Magic, continues the story of her painting career. She has since released three children’s books. The Forest Has Eyes was a hit with readers, both young and old. It was followed by Reading the Wild. Her illustrated novel for young readers, The Earth is My Mother includes dozens of drawings and paintings, four of which were released in print. Her desire to try new mediums as well as her fascination with sculpture, led to the creation of five limited edition porcelain boxes, each featuring one of her most popular paintings. In 2004, after a five year hiatus, Bev returned to the print art in the form of original, hand-pulled, stone lithographs. With some editions set at fewer than 20 pieces, these original prints are already rare. Bev’s work reflects her love of horses, passion for the natural world and her affinity for the Native American’s spiritual relationship to the land. Her work can also be found on calendars, journals and note cards. Bev and her husband, Jay, both graduates of the Art Center College of Design, began married life as art directors for an advertising agency in Los Angeles. Five year of living in the city made them more aware of what they were missing: the outdoors and creating their own art. “We hoarded our savings and struck out on our own, living out of our camper for a year. Calling ourselves, ‘Traveling Artists,’ we painted our way through the western United States, western Canada and Baja, California. It was a tremendous grown period for me. I not only developed my painting skills, but I discovered that I possessed enough self-discipline to paint every day.” Afterward, they displayed their work in malls and outdoor art venues. “Yes, we were ‘starving artists’ for awhile!” admits Bev with a grin, “But, we were so happy doing what we loved.” Life is full of hard choices and the path of the artist is no different. “My advice to aspiring artists is simple: paint what you know, paint what you love and always paint for yourself!” For me, success followed my passion. Passion is what drives me.” Bev, Jay and their son Jayson live close to nature in the California high desert. Joshua Tree National Park is their backyard.


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